It seems there are a few highlights to every high performance building or sustainable building project. However this project really takes advantage of sustainable design and construction in virtually every aspect of the project. As I look back on the blogs over the past 16 months, this aspect is lost in the details. So here is a recap of the sustainable details of the KEC.
The Net Zero Energy operation of the KEC is possible because all the energy required to run the facility in a year is generated onsite by an acre of photovoltaic panels (296kW array).
All walkway materials are reclaimed milled asphalt and lined with LED bollard lights activated by motion sensors to limit energy consumption.
Corridor walls are lined with tapped maple, salvaged from local sugar maple farms in VT.
Bathrooms are equipped with low flow Kohler plumbing fixtures to conserve water.
This shower head was specially engineered for this project. It provides low flow as standard pressure and has a push button for a brief surge of pressure which comes in handy when trying to rinse out the shampoo.
Dorm room lights are all controlled with Lutron lighting control systems. Fan light and desk lamps are all switched by the door and are also tied into an occupancy sensor to turn off if nobody is in the room to conserve energy.
Windows are high performance argon filled double glazed Marvin units.
The cedar sunshade shades the southern exposure in summer while allowing winter sunlight in.
Exterior siding materials include FSC certified cedar and recycled content Certainteed cement board siding.
The controller for the Cinco Solar Evacuated Tubes allows you to evaluate your system needs and optimize your systems with the hot water produced by solar energy. It also allows you to monitor and program system performance.
Furniture selection also utilized reclaimed materials as you can see from this oak end table.
Locally sourced stone was used as a stone veneer feature on select elevations of the exterior.
Flow meters were installed which are integrated into the building dashboard. This will allow the end users to monitor and meter systems performance and usage.
Polished concrete floors were selected for corridors, labs, and the commons. This reduces material usage as tile, wood, or carpet will not be used in these spaces. The corridor classroom will pick up solar gain in the winter from southern exposure for passive heating.